William Howard Taft Presidential Dollar
William Howard Taft was born in Cincinnati in 1857. He was appointed as a federal circuit judge at the age of 34, served as civil administrator in the Philippines under President McKinley, and later as President Roosevelt's Secretary of War. He won the presidency in 1908, serving one term from 1909 to 1913. Taft's post-presidency years consisted of serving as a professor of law at Yale University and as chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, a position he held until 1930, just prior to his death.